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New Work for a Theory of Emergence

Thornburg, M. Hayden (2012) New Work for a Theory of Emergence. In: [2012] Philosophy of Science Assoc. 23rd Biennial Mtg (San Diego, CA) > PSA 2012 Contributed Papers.

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    Many discussions of emergence focus on the putatively irreducible causal powers of emergents. I argue that the question of whether emergents are irreducible causes should be postponed in favor of the question of whether emergents are natural. David Lewis contends that scientifically interesting properties are natural: they account for resemblances and distinguish causally relevant and irrelevant properties. I consider bimanual coordination, as described by the HKB model, as an example of natural emergence. I conclude that emergent properties are those that systemic processes have when they exhibit “instability” and argue that instability is the natural property that unites these processes.


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    Item Type: Conference or Workshop Item (UNSPECIFIED)
    Keywords: Emergence, Reduction, Metaphysics, HKB, Natural, Complexity
    Subjects: General Issues > Causation
    Specific Sciences > Complex Systems
    Specific Sciences > Cognitive Science
    General Issues > Explanation
    Specific Sciences > Psychology/Psychiatry
    Conferences and Volumes: [2012] Philosophy of Science Assoc. 23rd Biennial Mtg (San Diego, CA) > PSA 2012 Contributed Papers
    Depositing User: M. Hayden Thornburg
    Date Deposited: 02 Nov 2012 16:08
    Last Modified: 10 Nov 2012 10:01
    Item ID: 9395
    URI: http://philsci-archive.pitt.edu/id/eprint/9395

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